background preloader

HGTV, Mechanical, DIY

Facebook Twitter

Home, garden, cooking, automotive, mechanical & DIY.

Screws are Screws – Aren’t They? Just as with building any woodworking project, eliminate one step from the manufacturing process and the results can be fatal.

Screws are Screws – Aren’t They?

Twisting, bending and breaking are just three of many results you sometimes experience when working with screws. Choose better – not necessarily more expensive – screws to reduce those occurrences. It usually happens as you hang a door or install a shelf. You’ve got a balancing act going as you hold one piece, steady a second piece and attempt to drive a screw all at the same time. Then, as you snug the screw those final few threads, the connection pulls tight and the screw snaps. Drywall screws are included in the test due to the ease of acquisition, however I would not consider using these screws when building fine furniture. My first surprise – rest assured there are more to come – was that premium screws were actually cheaper by the piece ($.041) than screws purchased from the home center ($.0447).

Head Designs The slot head was the first recess used in screws. AutoSpeed - All You Need to Know About Nuts & Bolts. Button head, grade 5, pan head, 8 x 1.25 – what’s it all mean?

AutoSpeed - All You Need to Know About Nuts & Bolts

If you’re buying nuts and bolts, this is all vital information. Identifying Fasteners If you don’t know how to describe what you want, chances are that you won’t be able to get it! Threaded fasteners are identified by these attributes: type, material, diameter, length, and thread pitch or count. Vinegar Tips. Preview Wall Colors in the Virtual Room Painter. For The Painting ProE-news Sign Up Español Glidden Color Palette CloseShare Rules & Regulations Some restrictions apply.

Preview Wall Colors in the Virtual Room Painter

Close A product of PPG Architectural Coatings. ©2013 PPG Industries. Loading. 10 Best Free Online Virtual Room Programs and Tools. In our modern day of looking at home improvements shows, surfing architecture and interior design websites, and spending countless hours on planning our spaces we live each day, wouldn’t you love to plan them virtually first?

10 Best Free Online Virtual Room Programs and Tools

There are computer programs that you can purchase, books and tutorials you can buy, or you can look at this list of the best free online virtual programs for planning and designing your home. In this case, best means – user friendly without prior knowledge of using space planning software. Best also refers to ease of accomplishing more than one task, i.e. choosing from a gallery of decor and finishes and laying out rooms and spaces.

Engineering ToolBox.

Outdoor Living

Other Peoples HGTV & DIY Pearls (OPP) 52 Ideas to organize your home: An organizing tip a week. "Organizing" may make for fun Pinterest fodder, but for us folks back here in the real world, it's pretty much a four-letter word.

52 Ideas to organize your home: An organizing tip a week

Organizing sounds like a great idea in theory — especially while browsing hacks on the internet with a full glass of wine in hand. But without a solid plan in place — one made up of simplified organizing tips that can be used IRL — you're probably going to throw in the towel before the towel organizing is done. We promise we've made this whole organizing thing easy on you. By using just one of these tips a week (just one!) , you can keep your humble home de-cluttered for 52 weeks of the year. Let's do this: Evenings/mornings: Make lunches, set out clothes and put everything you need for the next day in a designated area the night before. More: Decluttering guru Marie Kondo's new book promises to make tidying fun Bathrooms: To organize countertop clutter, purchase a plastic tub with a handle on top.

More: 8 moving hacks that will keep you from losing your mind. 100 Amazing How-To Sites to Teach Yourself Anything. Posted by Site Administrator in Online Learning May 7th, 2009 Learning new skills and expanding your knowledge doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg.

100 Amazing How-To Sites to Teach Yourself Anything

There are loads of free resources on the Web that can help you find instructional videos, tutorials and classes to learn a wide variety of skills from fixing basic car problems to speaking another language. Internet Catalogue. How to crack a Masterlock. iFixit: The free repair manual. Low Cost Home Cooking from Scratch. Clean House, Cut Clutter, Get Organized at Home! Vinegar Tips. Home Improvement and Remodeling: This Old House. Bolt Depot - Fastener Information - Terminology, Measurement, Materials and more.

DIY: Wine Bottle Light. November 3rd, 2009 This past spring Daniel and I went on a road trip from San Francisco to the Grand Canyon.

DIY: Wine Bottle Light

Along the way we stopped at Chateau Julien for a wine tasting. I wanted to do something with the empty bottle instead of throwing it in the recycling bin. So here it is! You’ll need: an empty wine bottle a drill safety glasses and gloves (just in case the bottle breaks) 1/2″ glass drill bit masking tape short strand of Christmas lights (with a plug only on one end) How to: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.